SB 157 will cultivate sound, deliberate energy policy

SB 157 will cultivate sound, deliberate energy policy

DENVER—A bill to require the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to suspend work on the federal government’s Clean Power Plan until the United States Supreme Court’s stay on the plan is lifted.

Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:

“Coloradans believe in sound, responsible energy development and the Clean Power Plan was stayed by the Supreme Court, so the Senate bill to suspend the implementation plan is a common-sense approach to preserve our options and let Colorado set our own course on this issue. Legislative review will allow our representatives to weigh in on energy policy and ensure our voices are heard.”

Senate Bill 157, being heard today in the state’s Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee, is sponsored by state Sens. Jerry Sonnenberg and John Cooke and state Rep. Tim Dore.

On February 9, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) stayed the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rules to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil-fuel-fired, electric generating units under the Clean Air Act.

Contrary to claims the Clean Power Plan will save lives, the plan will actually lead to premature deaths due to its negative impact on the health-wealth connection. According to the non-partisan Institute for Energy Research, the EPA’s new rules cause over 14,000 more deaths by 2030. According to the institute:

“The EPA acknowledged this ‘health-wealth’ connection in the past and has used it in economic analyses, stating: ‘people’s wealth and health status, as measured by mortality, morbidity, and other metrics, are positively correlated. Hence, those who bear a regulation’s compliance costs may also suffer a decline in their health status, and if the costs are large enough, these increased risks might be greater than the direct risk-reduction benefits of the regulation.’”

The measure also requires that Colorado’s Clean Power Plan implementation program be subject to legislative review.

The fiscal note for the bill can be read here.